A house in Upper Arlington, made of concrete, has been preserved

If you’ve ever driven Coventry Road near King Avenue in Upper Arlington, you may have noticed a house that stands out among the more traditional homes built in the 1930s.

“Georgian red brick and the traditional Tudor—it’s not one of those,” admits homeowner Melissa Fisher, who bought the home in 2000 with her husband David Pyle.

The off-white concrete house with its modern lines, flat roof and glass block windows looks more like the California coast. “It sticks out like a sore thumb in Upper Arlington now,” Fisher says, “but you can imagine that in 1937, I wonder if there was any controversy.”

The fireplace and mantel in the mid-century concrete house in Upper Arlington

The 2,119-square-foot home was built by George Nagel, who owned Greenville Gravel Co., and sought to market several uses for concrete. He and his wife lived next door at the time.

“It was supposed to be their retirement home, but my great-grandmother was tired of moving,” said Chris Snapp, Nagel’s great-grandson. Snapp says his great-grandfather built about 10 houses in Greenville, Ohio, moving the family every time a new one was finished, eventually moving to Upper Arlington.

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